Pony Short Stories 14

19 Aug

Well, I counted up the numbers and I’m pretty sure I’m about to break triple digits for the number of My Little Pony fan fiction I’ve read over the last few weeks. Might have to stop before I drown in the mediocre stuff, or get desperate enough to start consuming the really bad fanfics. Aaanyway, here are a half dozen or more fanfic first thoughts from like twenty stories ago.

Something Like Feeling by shortskirtsandexplosions

Really good story, but not really MLP. Sure it has two background characters that are fandom favorites and it is set in the town of Ponyville, but still doesn’t feel quite right. Quiet atheist-like apathetic depression doesn’t really fit the emotional tone of the show. In a world with more than one literal god wandering around, the mudane ‘nothing matters’ apathetic viewpoint just isn’t as solid as it is here. Still, very well written. I’m glad I gave this author another try after the first story didn’t interest me.

Theory by shortskirtsandexplosions

Another one by the same author. This is a story that really makes you work to figure out what is going on. Which I enjoy quite a bit, see Quantum Thief and other complex stories I’ve commented on before. This one goes a tiny bit too far with it though, could have used either a bit more exposition or simply been longer so the reader has more to work with. Is a very sad story once you work out what’s going on.

Much like In Memory Of.. by ¬†Obselescence this story deals with memory and loss. Though this one doesn’t actually deal with memory loss like that one did, well, not exactly. The same theme of a character’s mind being broken. A sensitive subject for me, so we run into the old subjective problem of this story might not be as touching for someone who doesn’t have that same sore spot.

Gift by shortskirtsandexplosions

I guess once I figured out I liked this author I went on something of a bender with all of their stories that looked good. This one is one of the better fanfics I’ve read. Extremely well written and complex. Most of it is precisely written build-up to create a very successful sense of success. The identity of the viewpoint character is kept a secret until nearly the entire end, and is never stated outright, though it is fairly obvious from the conversation that happens. The story feels bittersweet, but almost upbeat in places until the very end. Then it goes right back down into outright sad, but not dark. Well, I don’t consider it dark. Other people might think the very end goes right into the deep end on that side of the scale. There was one interesting worldbuilding tidbit, but it is a spoiler and this story thrives on suspense so I won’t mention it.

Ties by take flight

Another really short one. A character study that contrasts two characters against each other. What I like about this is that both show more depth than I expected. I would have assumed that Blueblood would be portrayed as bad and Spike as good, but there is more complexity than that. Not a lot given how short this is, but it’s there.

Playing Along by Lt_Luc(?)

Sweet story. Another perfectly believable story about Twilight Sparkle as a young foal. A bit sad in places as it explores the idea of childhood ending, but with a happy ending. The idea that being an adult and belief in some things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Interference by Vimbert the Unimpressive

This would make a pretty good episode. Reuses the whole ‘Twilight blows things out of proporition’ and ‘Spike makes poor decisions when presented with gemstones’ and ‘Princess Celestia misses old friends’ themes, which might be closer to tropes at this point. Is a fun read even if the story doesn’t really add anything new or explore any depth.


Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Books 2013, Ponies, Reviews


2 responses to “Pony Short Stories 14

  1. Present Perfect

    December 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Whoa, a writeoff fic? :O From the HWCP no less. It was by Lt_Luc, fyi. Dunno if you go back and change these ever. :B

    • Griffin

      December 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      In general? Not really. Haven’t done much changing since this has been mostly me just posting stuff to the void as practice at not hoarding my writing in the bottom box of a pile of things. However, that’s worth changing since the missing author entry was bugging me.


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